|The founder of Ila - Denise Leicester (who I mentioned in my previous post) writes a little more on the topic of chemicals in products in her own blog. http://www.ila-spa.com/denise-connects/beauty-awareness-%E2%80%93-hidden-chemicals
This is certainly something that people should be thinking about as the skin is our largest organ and dalily it is assaulted with a barage of lotions, potions and pollution. It is from my own negative experience with commercial products that led me down the path I am on today. I love aromatherapy and it is a wonderful joy that I receive from creating my own blends. If you can't make it yourself be sure to ask the right questions about what you are purchasing. You'll realise that you don't need half the things in your bathroom cabinet and what you do have is probably a waste of money.
I will soon be making products to purchase. If you are interested before I have anything available up on my site please contact me to see if we can come to some arrangement. I am happy to make small quantities to order.
To successfully operate a small, part time
business takes a lot of management. For Nature & Nurture much
thought is given to purchases that need to be made, such as what
products to choose.
Although in an indeal world I would love to be able
to offer clients organic products I know that it would not be viable
for my pocket or yours. I am also aware from experience that the
'organic seal of approval' does not always mean the best product
available. I had the pleasure of working in a spa that used products painstakingly created with care and love from ila (ila-spa.com). Their products are not organic but are labelled 'beyond organic'. The
reason behind this is that on their quest around the globe, searching
for the most pure and ethical ingredients they realised that some
plants, although given the organic approval, were grown in undesireable
locations. Roses from Bulgaria can be found in fields beside roads with
heavy traffic (causing all sorts of pollution and contaminants to land
on these living, breathing organisms). In the U.K. the Soil Association
certifies these roses organic but that is only really addressing the
absence of chemicals used in the soil. I use Plant Essentials based right here in Australia because I would like to support an
Australian business. I have been bery pleased with their range, their
service and their oils.
Below is an extract from their website:
"Where possible we source local, organically farmed & wild crafted
ingredients, or we search afar for top quality community produced
ingredients. We use recyclable packaging, & most products can be
refilled in store for a discount. These products are not only better
for the environment, but better for you. We prefer to choose cruelty
free products & ingredients. We are constantly looking for ways we
can limit our impact on our precious environment. Using plant derived
raw, organic & simple safe ingredients for all the family. With No
animal testing. No parabens, No sulphates, No synthetic preservatives,
No mineral oils."
I'm happy with that and I hope that you are too!